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Cattenom I Nuclear Power Plant

Cattenom I Nuclear Power Plant

The Cattenom Nuclear Power Plant is a nuclear power plant located in France. It is currently operated by Electricité de France (EDF). Geographically it is located in Lorraine, in the town of Cattenom, on the Moselle banks between Thionville and Trier. The cities of Luxembourg, Arlon, and Metz are very close to the nuclear power plant.

Luxembourg, Saarland and Belgium demanded closure of the plant. In spite of this, there is a project under way to extend its useful life until 2025.

Characteristics of the Cattenom nuclear power plant

The Cattenom nuclear plant is a nuclear fission power generation facility. It has four nuclear water pressure reactors (PWR). Each of these reactors has a capacity of 1,300 megawatts of power.

All nuclear reactors at the Cattenom nuclear plant were built by Framatome.

Worldwide, the Cattenom plant is located on the seventh plant of the world in installed capacity. At the national level, the nuclear power plant is located is the second nuclear power plant in France with greater electricity production. The only plant with the largest capacity for electricity production in France is the Gravelines nuclear power station.

Some 1,200 people work at the plant.

Cooling of the Cattenom nuclear power plant

The Cattenom nuclear plant has four cooling towers. The water used for cooling comes from the Mosel River.

The operator Electricité de France built a water reservoir during the construction of the plant through the construction of a dam. This is the Mirgenbach artificial lake. In addition, in 1985 a second lake was constructed, by the construction of a dam in the valley of Pierre Percee, near the mountains of the Vosges. This second lake functions as a support for the flow of the Mosla River in the dry season.

In February 2011, cracks appeared were in the water supply pumps in front of the Moselle concrete support to nuclear reactors 1 and 2. This anomaly was at level 1 of the INES scale of nuclear incidents and accidents. The event questioned the strength of the bombs in the event of an earthquake. At the end of June 2011, the supports were reinforced.

Reactor typePWR
Reactor modelP4 REP 1300
Grid connection1986-11-13
OwnerElectricite De France
OperatorElectricite De France
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Last review: November 29, 2016

Nuclear power plants in France